Shirkey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Shirkey family in Ireland was O Searcaigh, which is derived from the word "searcach," which means "loving."

Early Origins of the Shirkey family

The surname Shirkey was first found in Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they were established in ancient times.

Early History of the Shirkey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shirkey research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 157 and 1578 are included under the topic Early Shirkey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shirkey Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Shirkey were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Sharkey, O'Sharkey, Sharket, O'Serky, O'Sherkott, Sherkott, O'Sergoid and many more.

Early Notables of the Shirkey family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Shirkey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Australia Shirkey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Shirkey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Shirkey, British convict who was convicted in Port Louis, Mauritius for 10 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th March 1863, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shirkey (post 1700) +

  • Robert J. Shirkey, American Air Force 1st Lieutenant stationed at the Roswell Army Air field, eyewitness and author to the "Roswell Incident"
  • Joshua Shirkey, American Class Adviser & Associate Faculty at New York University
  • Heather Shirkey (b. 1969), American Photoshop and retouching expert, known for her work in Something Ventured (2011), Ballets Russes (2005)
  • John Shirkey, American actor, known for his work in World of Art (2014)
  • Sarah Shirkey, American actress, known for her work in Kibbles N' Hits (2014), Searching for Venice (2015) and Rebirth (2013)
  • Mike Shirkey, American politician, Michigan State Senator (2014-), former Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
  • Mike Shirkey, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 65th District; Elected 2012 [2]
  • Ronald Shirkey QC, LL.B, Canadian lawyer, founder of Shirkey & Company, Regina, Saskatchewan

The Shirkey Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Redit expectata diu
Motto Translation: The expected returns for a long time

  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th February 2021). Retrieved from
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from on Facebook